A free and very useful application designed to act as a GameCube or Wii emulator and to bring the console gaming experience to your desktop
It’s an immense debate whether console gaming is better than PC gaming or vice-versa. While consoles have the advantages of working straight-out-of the box, being easier to move around, being made for controllers, PCs have the upper hand when it comes to versatility and especially video graphics performance.
Free and open source powerful emulator that brings the console experience on the desktop
A good thing happened when console games started to become desired by PC gamers, because software companies and developers started to create emulator apps that provide console gaming support for desktop devices.
Such an application is Dolphin, an open source and useful emulator that mimics the functions of Gamecube and Wii console devices on a PC host, and also offers support for many extra functions and capabilities not present on the original console devices like compatibility with all PC controllers, networked multiplayer modes, and “turbo speed”.
Works on all popular OS platforms and comes with support for both Gamecube and Wii file disc images
Furthermore, Dolphin comes with support for DOL and ELF files, both Gamecube and Wii disc images, physical back-up discs, Wii system menu and channels, as well as WAD files that contain information like graphics, levels, maps, that can be edited for creating game mods.
An important and worth mentioning feature is the fact that Dolphin can work without problems on all major platforms such as OS X, Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, and also Android devices.
Take the console gaming experience to a whole new level with enhanced performance and graphics
What’s more, Dolphin features an anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering that, when combined, boost the graphic quality of the game, making it more realistic and more natural to look at when compared to being played on the console.
Moreover, Dolphin also offers you the possibility to play games at maximum resolution and in high-definition up to 1080p, the only limit being your Mac’s video card capabilities.
Enables desktop gaming fans to get a taste of console gaming experience
All in all, Dolphin is a useful and powerful Wii and Gamecube emulator that manages not only to bring the console gaming experience on your Mac’s desktop, but also to improve on the overall performance and graphics of the emulated games when compared to other similar emulators.
- Fast modern CPU with SSE2. Dual core for a speed boost.
- Any reasonable modern GPU with Pixel Shader 2.0 or greater. nVidia or ATI are good. Some integrated graphics chips work but it depends on the model (and only with DirectX 9).
- 2 GB RAM or more
- Supports the following file formats: DOF, ELF, GameCube + Wii disc images, and WAD.
- Comes with Gamepad support (including Xbox 360 pad)
- Enables you to save games and start-of from where you left of later
- Enables 1080 full-definition and maximum resolution gaming